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Frank Seravalli

TSN Senior Hockey Reporter

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Now, the grinding begins.

After nearly $450 million was doled out on Friday during the Free Agent Frenzy, a swath of next-tier players will now scrap for leftover dollars as the summer moves on.

Jason Demers struck early on Saturday, inking a five-year, $22.5 million deal with the Florida Panthers. He headlined a list of bonafide NHL defenceman who went unsigned on Friday, including Kris Russell, Luke Schenn and Justin Schultz.

Quite a few young forwards also remain on the market, including Sam Gagner, Brandon Pirri, Landon Ferraro, Linden Vey and Josh Jooris.

They’re all just hoping the wait won’t be long now. Last summer, Cody Franson was ranked inside the Top 10 of TSN’s free agent list, but remained unsigned all the way until Sept. 10.

It might be nearly that long to reach a resolution to the Jimmy Vesey Watch. The rights to the highly-touted Harvard graduate Vesey, who has been promised a top six forward role from two different NHL franchises so far, are property of the Buffalo Sabres until Aug. 15, when Vesey would be eligible to sign with any team. Buffalo plans to make their pitch to Vesey this week and Vesey’s camp reportedly said he is “open to anything.”

Here is a list of free agents available on Day 2 and beyond:
 

Free Agents Available

 
PLAYER TEAM POS AGE GP G PTS 15-16
Jimmy Vesey BUF LW 23 33 24 46 -
Kris Russell DAL LD 29 62 4 19 $2.6 M
Jiri Hudler FLA RW 32 72 16 46 $4 M
Luke Schenn LAK RD 26 72 4 16 $3.6 M
Justin Schultz PIT RD 25 63 4 18 $3.9 M
Sam Gagner PHI C 26 53 8 16 $4.8 M
Radim Vrbata VAN RW 35 63 13 27 $5 M
Teddy Purcell FLA RW 30 76 14 43 $4.5 M
James Wisniewski CAR RD 32 1 0 0 $5.5 M
Kris Versteeg LAK RW 30 77 15 38 $4.4 M
Brandon Pirri ANA LW 25 61 14 29 $975K
Tomas Fleischmann MTL LW 32 76 14 25 $750K
Alex Tanguay ARI LW 36 70 8 35 $3.5 M
Matt Bartkowski VAN LD 28 80 6 18 $1.75 M
Brad Boyes TOR RW 34 64 8 24 $700K
Dennis Seidenberg BOS LD 34 61 1 11 $1.1 M
Jhonas Enroth LAK G 28 16 2.17 .922 $1.25 M
Eric Gryba EDM RD 28 53 1 6 $1.25 M
Landon Ferraro BOS RW 24 68 5 10 $600K
Linden Vey VAN RW 24 41 4 15 $1 M
Matt Carle TBL LD 31 64 2 9 $5.5 M
Kyle Quincey DET LD 30 47 4 11 $4.25 M
Lauri Korpikoski EDM LW 29 71 10 22 $2.5 M
Nick Spaling SJS C 27 58 3 13 $2.2 M
Karri Ramo CGY G 30 37 2.63 .909 $3.8 M
Josh Jooris CGY C 25 59 4 13 $975K
Brandon Prust VAN LW 32 35 1 7 $2.5 M
Anders Lindback ARI G 28 19 3.11 .894 $875K
Chris Higgins VAN LW 33 33 3 4 $2.5 M
 

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